when to keg, differences? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > when to keg, differences?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-02-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
RobWalker
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Birmingham, England
Posts: 904
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts



I have 2 simple 5 gallon pressure kegs that have a pouring tap at the bottom. Unsure what you'd call them by name exactly. Anyway...

I usually let my beer clear out in primary. Any knocks it takes when transferring from bucket to keg usually clear out a few days later so its no big deal. However, I'm beginning to think of efficiency rather than playing it safe, which is definitely what im doing now. So i ask this, quite simply - what's your process? I prime with sugar and end up force carbonating later on.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 02:34 AM   #2
day_trippr
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Stow, MA
Posts: 18,407
Liked 3241 Times on 2419 Posts


Not sure what "efficiency" you're thinking of. Labor? Gas conservation? Product yield?

My generic process is primary fermentation in a 6.5g carboy, rack to another carboy for secondary and dry hop and/or add any aromatic spices or extracts, eventually crash cool for 3-4 days then rack to a corney keg, stick it in my keezer and apply serving pressure to it for a couple of weeks before hooking it up to a beer line. From brew day to first pour is at least 4 weeks but can be months...

Cheers!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 08:24 PM   #3
audger
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
., Connecticut
Posts: 1,497
Liked 43 Times on 42 Posts


if you prime with sugar, you shouldnt have to force carb later. you should only have to use CO2 to push beer out.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 09:22 PM   #4
RobWalker
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Birmingham, England
Posts: 904
Liked 13 Times on 11 Posts


I'm thinking in terms of clearing in primary, secondary, or in the keg, so I can free my equipment up to begin the process again.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
IffyG
 
IffyG's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Nashville
Posts: 1,393
Liked 62 Times on 51 Posts


I'll usually keg after 2 weeks in primary if FG is reached. A lot of stuff will settle out and the first pint or two I pull is full of sediment, but after that the beer is usually clear enough to see through. I don't even bother cold crashing unless I've used a ton of dry hops.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump